The city councillor who represents the area where someone was killed in a three-vehicle collision on Monday is calling for improved traffic safety and control at the intersection.
Coun. Jan Chaboyer (Green Acres) said she wants traffic lights to be installed at the intersection of Richmond Avenue East and Provincial Trunk Highway 110, at the eastern edge of the city of Brandon.
"I want immediate action from the City of Brandon and the Province of Manitoba to install street lights at this intersection," she said.
"This is shocking and sad that accidents have to happen first before reactive action is taken."
At approximately 9:45 a.m. Monday, police and emergency services responded to a collision between a semi-truck, a pickup truck and a car. The driver of the car was pronounced dead on scene and the drivers of the other vehicles were not seriously injured.
The intersection was closed for most of Monday as police investigated.
The site is near the Maple Leaf Foods processing plant and is frequently travelled by large trucks and fast-moving traffic. Chaboyer said the stretch should be controlled with lights, a reduced speed limit and more traffic enforcement.
While Chaboyer said she hadn’t heard concern from people in her ward about the intersection before Monday’s collision, more people are speaking up in the aftermath.
"I think that everyone feels that it’s unsafe because there is so much traffic on there," she said. "Something’s got to be done."
Monday’s collision was not an isolated incident.
Police responded to another collision at the intersection at approximately 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday, acting Sgt. Adam Potter said.
No one was injured and the scene was cleaned up by approximately 9:30 a.m.
While the intersection is within city limits, it falls under Manitoba Infrastructure’s jurisdiction, said city traffic and transportation planner Sam van Huizen.
The intersection has been raised as a problem before, he said, both by commuters and the business community. A 2018 traffic impact study recommended a traffic light to be installed at the intersection by 2037 as the city’s industrial area grows.
The city also raised concern with the provincial government in a letter approximately six months ago, he said.
"We’ll continue to make efforts we already have been making … the city is aware of the concerns of the residents and the business community," he said, adding discussions about traffic calming could be "expedited" based on the collision.
The Sun contacted the provincial government for comment but did not receive a response by press time on Tuesday afternoon.
Potter said police had no additional information on Monday’s death, but the investigation is ongoing. There are many moving parts and BPS is working with other organizations on the investigation.
"It is going to take a bit of time, unfortunately … it’s just time-consuming working together and working with other agencies.
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